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A 27-point effort from Raptors guard Fred VanVleet was not enough to defeat the Boston Celtics, who won 109-97 on Sunday in Toronto.

In each of the first three quarters, the visitors scored one point more than the crowd favorites. It was in the fourth quarter, however, that they really distanced themselves, dominating 29-21.

Marcus Smart was the most productive Massachusetts roster with 21 points. Grant Williams, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Josh Richardson also contributed to the victory, with respective performances of 15, 16, 17 and 18 points.

In the Raptors camp, VanVleet was assisted by Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, who scored 21 and 18 points respectively, but to no avail.

Quebecker Khem Birch missed a third straight game with a knee problem, while Chris Boucher was missed by head coach Nick Nurse.

By a 9-12 record after 21 games, the Raptors are 12th in the Eastern Conference. They will have the chance to move up the ranks in the coming days, however, as they continue their seven-game home streak on Tuesday as the Memphis Grizzlies cross north of the Canada-U.S. Border.

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